Your One-Stop Shop to Become a Notary in Illinois


The American Association of Notaries offers a simple step-by-step guide to become an Illinois notary. With our help, becoming an Illinois notary is easy and hassle free.

To become a notary in Illinois, you must:

  • 1- Be 18 years of age or older.

  • 2- Be a resident of Illinois for at least thirty days or be a resident of a state bordering Illinois and have been employed or have maintained a business in Illinois for at least thirty days.

  • 3- Be able to read and write the English language.

  • 4- Be a U.S. citizen or lawfully admitted for permanent residence in the United States.

  • 5- Not have a conviction for a felony.

  • 6- Not have had a notary commission or a prior application revoked due to a finding or decision by the Illinois Secretary of State.

Steps to Become a Notary in Illinois


To become a notary public in Illinois, make sure you meet the eligibility requirements listed above, then complete the following steps:

Step 1- Complete the Illinois notary application.

Our online notary application wizard will guide you step by step through the Illinois notary application process. Your completed notary application and instructions will be available for download immediately upon checkout. Click here to start the notary application process.

Step 2- Purchase a four-year, $5,000 Illinois notary bond.

The notary bond is required by the state to protect the public from notary errors. You can order the notary bond while completing the notary application on our website. Your notary bond will be issued instantaneously upon checkout. The notary bond includes a four-year, $5,000 Illinois notary errors and omissions insurance policy at no additional charge to you. Click here to order the notary bond.

 

Step 3- Take an approved notary public study course and pass the exam.

All new notary applicants are required to complete a notary course approved by the Illinois Secretary of State. The American Association of Notaries (an approved course provider) offers an approved course for as little as $29. You can register for the course while completing the notary application process or you can register here if you prefer to take the course separately.

Step 4- Take the notarial oath before an Illinois notary.

The notarial oath section of the notary application needs to be signed in the presence of an Illinois notary. You will be swearing before an Illinois notary that you carefully read the notary law of the State of Illinois and that, if appointed and commissioned as a notary public, you will perform faithfully, to the best of your ability, all notarial acts in accordance with the law.

Step 5- Mail us your signed notary application.

Mail us your original signed notary application along with a copy of your Illinois driver's license or state ID card, a copy of your notary course certificate of completion, and a $15.00 filing fee (if not paid online). The American Association of Notaries is a notary remittance agent approved by the Illinois Secretary of State.

Step 6- Wait to receive your Illinois notary commission certificate.

Upon approval of your notary application, the secretary of state will mail your Illinois notary commission certificate to your home address. You will need to provide a copy of the notary commission certificate to a stamp vendor when ordering a notary stamp.

 

Step 7- Order your Illinois notary supplies.

At a minimum, an Illinois notary is required to have a notary stamp and a notary journal to perform their notarial duties. All our notary stamps and journals comply with Illinois notary law and come with a life-time warranty.

Step 8- Email us a copy of your commission certificate.

Fax or email us a copy of your Illinois notary commission certificate so we can prepare and ship your Illinois notary stamp, notary journal, and any additional notary supplies that you have ordered.

Everything You Need to Become a Notary in Illinois


Only $92.95*
Includes a One-year Membership to AAN

Limited time offer - save up to 40% on notary supplies

This Illinois notary package includes the following:
Four-year, $5,000 Illinois notary bond**
Four-year, $5,000 Illinois notary errors & omissions insurance policy (included at no additional cost to you)
Notary course approved by the Illinois Secretary of State**
Trodat self-inking rectangular notary stamp (item # IL201)**
Illinois notary journal (item # IL700)**
One-year membership to AAN (a $19.00 value included with your notary supplies order at no additional cost)
Four years of expert support (includes help with notary procedures, name/address updates, and more)
Your Cost: Only $92.95*

*The Illinois Notary Value Package I may be purchased separately at the same net savings without the state mandatory four-year, $5,000 notary bond for $62.95 plus $7.95 for shipping. Enter item # P101 on the order form. The Illinois Notary Value Package II may be purchased separately at the same net savings without the state mandatory four-year, $5,000 notary bond for $64.95 plus $7.95 for shipping. Enter item # P102 on the order form. The Illinois four-year, $5,000 notary bond may also be purchased separately for $30.00. Discounts/savings apply only to notary supplies.

**Required by Illinois notary law.

How to Become a Notary in Illinois


  1. Create an account or log in to your account to complete the Illinois notary application online.

    Our online wizard will guide you step by step through the notary application process, which makes it easy for new notaries to complete the notary application without errors. You also have the option to save the application and continue at a later time. 

  2. Order your Illinois notary bond.

    The notary bond is required by the state to protect the public from notary errors. Save time! No need to wait for days to receive your Illinois notary bond. You can now download the bond instantaneously upon checkout. The notary bond includes a four-year, $5,000 Illinois notary errors and omissions insurance policy at no additional charge to you.

  3. Take our notary public course and pass the examination.

    Our notary course is approved by the Illinois Secretary of State. The course is available on our website for only $29. We do not charge you any additional fees to retake the course if you fail the final exam or do not complete it in the thirty days as required by law. We offer the notary course as part of an application package, or you can register for the course separately. Your course certificate of completion is ready for download after you pass the course final exam.

  4. Sign the notarial oath before an Illinois notary public.

    Sign the notarial oath section of the notary application before another Illinois notary. The notary will put you under oath and you will swear that you have carefully read the notary laws  of the State of Illinois and that, if appointed and commissioned as a notary public, you will perform faithfully, to the best of your ability, all notarial acts in accordance with the law.

  5. Mail your signed and notarized Illinois notary application.

    Mail us the original, signed notary application, a legible copy of your Illinois driver's license or state ID card, a copy of your course certificate of completion, and a $15.00 filing fee (if not paid online). We will check your notary application for accuracy and completeness and file it with the secretary of state. The American Association of Notaries is an approved remittance agent authorized by the state to file notary applications on behalf of notary applicants.

  6. Wait to receive your Illinois notary commission certificate.

    The Illinois Secretary of State's office will mail your Illinois notary commission certificate to you when your application is approved. Allow four to six weeks for the state to approve your notary application.

  7. Order your Illinois notary supplies.

    Order notary supplies from our website and save up to 40% compared to other retailers and receive a free one-year membership to the American Association of Notaries at no additional cost (a $19.00 value). We offer only the highest-quality products, which comply with Illinois legal requirements for notaries. All our Illinois notary stamps are manufactured in house, and we stand behind them 100%. All our notary supplies come with a LIFETIME REPLACEMENT GUARANTEE.

  8. Email or fax us a copy of your Illinois notary commission certificate.

    Email a copy of your Illinois notary commission certificate to sales@usnotaries.com or fax it to 713-649-0011 so we can prepare and ship your Illinois notary supplies package.

Do you want to apply by mail?

Applying online to become a notary in Illinois is safe, easy, and fast, but if you'd prefer to apply offline, just follow these five simple steps to start the Illinois notary application process.

You'll be approved as a notary public in Illinois in four to six weeks.

  1. Register to take our approved Illinois notary public study course and take the final examination. You must score 85 percent or better to pass the exam.

  2. Click here to print the Illinois notary application forms.

  3. Select the complete Illinois notary supplies package listed on the order form. All our Illinois notary products are manufactured in-house, comply with Illinois notary laws, and come with a lifetime replacement guarantee.

  4. Mail us your signed and completed Illinois notary application, order form, a copy of your Illinois driver’s license or state ID card, a copy of your notary course certificate of completion, and payment. We will review your application for accuracy, issue the bond, and file your application with the Illinois Secretary of State. 

  5. Email us a copy of your Illinois notary commission certificate to sales@usnotaries.com or fax it to 713-649-0011 so we can prepare and ship your Illinois notary supplies package.

Illinois notary bonds and errors and omissions insurance policies provided by this insurance agency, the American Association of Notaries, Inc., are underwritten by Western Surety Company (established 1900). Kal Tabbara is a licensed insurance agent in Illinois.

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